Lionel Messi said winning a sixth Golden Shoe is not all down to his own abilities, and singled out fellow Barcelona duo Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez for praise after receiving his award.
The Golden Shoe is presented to the player who scores the most goals in a single season across all the major European leagues,
The award has been won by a Spain-based player in each of the last 11 seasons – with usual suspect Cristiano Ronaldo claiming three of those prizes, Luis Suarez took the award in 2015/16, and while Diego Forlan, formerly of Atletico Madrid, collected the honour following the 2008/09 campaign.
Despite often being heralded as the greatest player ever to have played the game, Messi insisted that his immense goalscoring feats are not all his doing, and made a special mention to his two teammates for their help in his monumental achievement.
“Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba, who are here, are two of the biggest reasons why I can receive this award,” he said at the ceremony, as quoted by Football Espana. “
Injury has limited the 31-year-old to just three top-flight matches this campaign, but their dominance of La Liga has seen them lift the title in four of the last five seasons. Nevertheless, the coveted Champions League has evaded Messi and Barcelona for four seasons, something the Argentine is looking to amend this season.
“The Champions League is something special and every year we want to win it, but we are aware that La Liga is the most important thing,” he added